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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016: After ISIS NYC Threat, NYPD Beefs Up Security, Investigates Truck Rentals

The New York Police Department said Monday it will reinforce security measures after the Islamic State group threatened to attack the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed police had reviewed the threat that appeared in Rumiyah, a magazine distributed by the militant group also known as ISIS.

O’Neill said no specific plot was uncovered, but threats made by terrorist organizations were treated as credible. “We live in a world where you have terrorist organizations like ISIL and Al Qaeda that pose credible threats. We live in a city that has been a repeated target of terrorist attacks and attempts,” O’Neill said, using an alternative name for ISIS, during a press conference.

He went on to say that police would utilize a “complex counterterrorism overlay” that included a wide array of tactics for an “all-threat approach.” He listed radiological equipment, surveillance and specially trained canine units as part of the department’s strategy this year. He also said police took extra precaution against the possibility of vehicle attacks, such as the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, that killed 86 people in July. – READ MORE